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Could New COVID Variants Undermine Vaccines? Labs Scramble to Find Out

As concern grows over faster-spreading variants of coronavirus, labs worldwide are racing to unpick the biology of these viruses. Scientists want to understand why SARS-CoV-2 variants identified in the United Kingdom and South Africa seem to be spreading so quickly, Read more…


COVID Is on Track to Become the U.S.'s Leading Cause of Death--Yet Again

The day that Joe Biden takes the oath of office as president of the U.S. will also mark another, less auspicious milestone. It was on the same day a year earlier that the nation’s first known COVID case was diagnosed Read more…


Should We Change COVID Vaccine Doses to Reach More People? What the Data Say

The first COVID-19 vaccines have arrived, and the race is on to get them into as many arms as possible as soon as possible. But vaccination rates have fallen frustratingly short of what is needed to turn the tide of Read more…


The Remaining COVID-19 Journey

I’m sure I wasn’t alone when I breathed a sigh of relief at the much ballyhooed arrival of COVID-19 vaccines at the end of 2020. We’re in the midst of a dark and grief-stricken pandemic winter, and the sooner the Read more…


Coronavirus News Roundup: January 9-January 15

The items below are highlights from the free newsletter, “Smart, useful, science stuff about COVID-19.” To receive newsletter issues daily in your inbox, sign up here. Vaccine (and masking) lessons can be drawn from the reported SARS-CoV-2 infections among three Read more…


Vaccines Need Not Completely Stop COVID Transmission to Curb the Pandemic

COVID-19 vaccine rollouts are finally upon us. They hope that herd immunity—protection from an infectious disease that occurs once a sufficient proportion of the population has been vaccinated or infected—is on the horizon. But even though the first vaccines to Read more…


Another Way to Protect against COVID beyond Masking and Social Distancing

Note this is an updated version of an essay published in May, 2020, under the headline “One Key Factor in Whether COVID-19 Will Wane This Summer” The first reference to the seasonality of infectious respiratory disease was recorded around 400 Read more…


The Second-Generation COVID Vaccines Are Coming

Six months ago, as the northern hemisphere was still battling the coronavirus pandemic’s first wave, all eyes turned to the COVID-19 vaccines in late-stage clinical trials. Now, a year after the pandemic first erupted, three COVID vaccines have been given Read more…


Black Americans Are Getting COVID Vaccines at Lower Rates Than White Americans

Black Americans are receiving COVID vaccinations at dramatically lower rates than white Americans in the first weeks of the chaotic rollout, according to a new KHN analysis. About 3% of Americans have received at least one dose of a coronavirus Read more…


COVID Can Cause Forgetfulness, Psychosis, Mania or a Stutter

Patrick Thornton, a 40-year-old math teacher in Houston, Tex., relies on his voice to clearly communicate with his high school students. So when he began to feel he was recovering from COVID, he was relieved to get his voice back Read more…

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